2015 Arkansas Code
Title 7 - Elections
Chapter 5 - Election Procedure Generally
Subchapter 4 - Absentee Voting
§ 7-5-418 - Early voting.
(a) (1) (A) Except as provided in subdivision (a)(1)(B) of this section, early voting shall be available to any qualified elector who applies to the county clerk's designated early voting location, beginning fifteen (15) days before a preferential primary or general election between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election.
(B) Early voting shall not be available on state or county holidays.
(2) However, on all other elections, including the general primary and general runoff elections, early voting shall be available to any qualified elector who applies to the county clerk during regular office hours, beginning seven (7) days before the election and ending on the day before the election day at the time the county clerk's office regularly closes.
(b) (1) (A) The county board of election commissioners may decide to hold early voting at additional polling sites outside the offices of the county clerk on any of the days and times provided for in subsection (a) of this section, if it so chooses.
(B) The county board of election commissioners shall determine by unanimous vote the location of additional polling sites for early voting.
(2) The county board of election commissioners shall appoint the election officials for the additional early voting polling site or sites in the same manner as election officials are appointed for election day.
(3) (A) The county board of election commissioners shall notify the county clerk of its decision to hold early voting at additional polling sites outside the office of the county clerk within ten (10) days of the decision.
(B) If the county board of election commissioners decides to hold early voting at one (1) or more conveniently located polling sites on the days and times under subsection (a) of this section, the county clerk may choose not to hold early voting within the office of the county clerk. The county clerk shall notify the county board within ten (10) days of the receipt of notice from the county board of election commissioners regarding early voting at additional polling sites.
(4) The early voting election official shall record the date on all pages of the early voting roster or early voting request form and keep a daily record of the number of early ballots cast.
(5) All voted ballots and unvoted ballots and all related election materials at each additional early voting polling site shall be stored in a secure location in the county courthouse or in a secure location as determined by the county board of election commissioners immediately after the close of the additional polling sites each day that early voting is conducted there.
(c) Before a person is permitted to cast an early vote, the county clerk or election official shall:
(1) Request the voter to identify himself or herself by stating his or her name, date of birth, and address in order to verify his or her registration;
(2) Request the voter to present proof of identity to the county clerk or election official;
(3) If the voter's name or address is not the same as that in the county voter registration record files, request the voter to complete an updated voter registration application form;
(4) Request the voter to sign an early voting roster or early voting request form that identifies his or her name, address, date of birth, and the date on the roster or form; and
(5) Enter the voter's precinct number on the early voting roster or early voting request form.
(d) (1) If the voter is not listed in the county voter registration record files and the county clerk is unable to verify the voter's registration and if the voter contends that he or she is eligible to vote, then the voter may vote a provisional ballot that shall be counted only upon verification of the voter's registration status.
(2) (A) If the voter fails to provide proof of identity, the election official shall follow the procedure in § 7-5-321.
(B) (i) A person who is a resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state is not required to provide proof of identity before voting.
(ii) A person not required to provide proof of identity under subdivision (d)(2)(B)(i) of this section shall provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.
(e) The county clerk or county board of election commissioners shall furnish voting locations that adequately allow the early voter to personally and secretly execute his or her ballot.
(f) Except as provided in this section, early voting shall be conducted in the same manner as voting on election day. Conduct that is prohibited or restricted on election day shall be subject to the same prohibitions and restrictions on the days on which early voting is conducted.
(g) (1) The county clerk shall electronically record in the permanent voter registration record of an elector who voted at an early voting location to indicate that the elector has voted.
(2) Except as provided under subdivision (g)(3) of this section, the county clerk shall electronically record in the permanent voter registration record no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the elector has voted.
(3) If the elector votes on a Friday or Saturday, the county clerk shall electronically record in the permanent voter registration record no later than the close of business on the Monday following the vote.
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